The autobiography of the frontman of the loudest rock band in the world. Told with Lemmy's indomitable charisma and humour, this is the autobiography of a rock icon who over the past thirty years in the industry, has stayed true to his music, his fans and his pleasures. Lemmy was born Ian Fraser Kilmister in 1945, the son of a vicar who walked out on his mother when Lemmy was just three months old. Having been inspired to play the guitar by chicks, Little Richard and Buddy Holly, Lemmy formed what would become the ultimate metal group in 1975 and christened them Motorhead. The group went on to embrace a rock-and-roll lifestyle fuelled by drink, drugs and women, and in the process released twenty-one albums and attracted a huge following. WHITE LINE FEVER is a truly headbanging tour through the last few decades of speedmetal, offering a sometimes hilarious, often outrageous, but highly entertaining trip with the frontman of the loudest rock band in the world.
About the Author
Born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Stoke-on-Trent in 1945, Lemmy formed Motorhead in 1975. Fronting the band through the highs and lows of superstardom, Lemmy has recorded twenty albums with Motorhead who remain at the top of their profession after twenty-seven years.
The problem with 'White Line Fever' for me is that its reputation well proceeded it. I had heard it described as one of the great rock autobiographies and while it is good, it certainly isn't great. So that's my fault obviously, but the reason I was somewhat nonplussed when I finished it.
With such a title one would expect to find sordid and exaggerated tales of debauchary lining the pages but gladly, this type of chest beating was kept to a minimum. Lemmy is a rebel but he ain't the worst there is nor the worst there was (nor did he proclaim to be such).
If anything though, he is definately a cool guy and the book will probably give you more respect for the man than you had before. Not as an articulate storyteller nor for the bite sized nuggets of wisdom he bestows upon us as he goes, but just for the fact he is a man who went forth and did what the hell he wanted to do.
And did it bloody well too. Motorhead were a scene all of their own, a kind of sleazed punk-metal-rock thing that lay down a foundation for the NWOBHM, for the punks and all that came afterwards. A vital band, no doubt.
Give it a read but don't expect in depth, beautifully written chapters such as 'The Definitive Joe Strummer' and definately don't expect a multitude of tall stories of sex, drugs and alcohol like any of the many Keith Richards biographies. Just expect a good little book of anecdotes of the rock and roll life.
I don't care if you arre not a heavy metal fan, you still need this book. An excellent biography written by Motorhead front man "Lemmy". This is a very funny book and I can see non motorhead enjoying this. Very well written, I thought Lemmy was just some alcoholic, tabbacco crazed idiot, but after reading this book was proven wrong.
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